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Saving a Child, One Bag at a Time

Today many kids are being taken away from their families during the day and, even worse, in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, children in Georgia have to flee their homes—due to abuse or danger such as parental drug use-- leaving them with nothing but what they have on. To help these kids make it through their hard times and temporary housing placements, Journey Bags were created. The Journey Bag sponsored by Family & Children’s Services, “Call to Care,” gives kids personal items to meet their immediate need and also comforts them through the difficult journey of displacement. Journey Bags are created for and given to kids as young as 0-2 and up to teens as old as 16.

On Wednesday, November 4, The Valdosta Early College Academy 11th grade Writer’s Workshop class had a desire to give and happily accepted the Journey Bag challenge. Valdosta Early College Academy juniors took a trip to Dollar General, with money collected from their “Kindness Jar,” to create Journey Bags. Students filled shopping baskets with items for children from babies, to youth, to teens, most spending their own money to fill the bag. While helping pack her bag, Jada Willis stated, “Helping the kids in need made me feel like I actually accomplished something that benefits someone else.” Also John Crittenden, another class member stated, “Of all the things I have, it felt good to give to the less fortunate.” The juniors all agreed that making another child happy was much more important than impressing others. While the day was a great success, this was just the beginning of an on-going process.

If you feel the desire to give as the VECA 11th graders have, join Called-To-Care and see how you can make a difference on a child’s life bag by bag.  For more information contact VECA at (229) 671-8455.